The average person spends 4.9 hours a day looking down at their phone, whether that be texting or surfing the internet. That means for nearly a fifth of your day, your head is being forced into an unnatural downwards position, which can cause muscle tension and neck pain and put unusual pressure on your spine.
This leads to a phenomenon called “text neck” – your neck is supports the weight of your head, which is about 12 pounds, but for every inch your head is lowered while looking at your phone, it adds another 10 pounds to the pressure on your spine.
We often keep our jaw muscle tensed without even realizing it. Check in with your jaw right now – is it clenched tightly, or is it relaxed? Many people naturally keep tension in their jaw out of habit or even stress. However, this can lead to jaw pain and tenderness around that important area and up to the ears.
Jaw pain is characterized by aching, discomfort or pain when chewing or moving the muscles around the jaw. It can be caused from clenching or grinding your teeth and, if serious, can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
If you’re experiencing pain and muscle spasms in the head, jaw, neck and shoulder muscles, ear or head aches, clicking noises during jaw movement, locked jaw, or dizzy spells, you may have TMJ. Massage therapy is an effective and viable treatment.
Naturopathic Doctor‘s tip of the week: Xenoestrogens
This week’s post features a guest piece from Broadway Wellness’ own Dr. Krista Moyer: (more…)
After surgery, recovery is extremely important and the post-rehabilitation period is a critical time. During this time, the body needs to regain its natural range of motion and strength. Massage therapy can help immensely during this transition period, and help you get back to feeling like yourself again as quick as possible.
Vancouver RMT Article of the Week
Are you seated at a desk for the majority of your day? With your arms up typing, and your head orientated towards a computer screen? There are certain discomforts that can result from spending the day-to-day in the same position. Click the link or read the excerpts below or some tips to make your ergonomic positioning more comfortable. In addition to changing your ergonomics – we’re a wellness clinic centred around a group of Vancouver RMTs here in Vancouver, so we like to focus on manual therapy as part of postural alignment and pain relief due to strained ergonomic positions.